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Carnival’s Ships Are Going To Start Looking a Lot Different

Last Updated on October 1, 2023

Since it first started sailing, Carnival’s ships have had a signature look…a big red funnel and a white hull with a red line and blue lettering. It began with their original ship, the Mardi Gras, and continued to their last released ship, the Panorama. While it is distinct, the look has started to feel a bit dated over the years. Today, Carnival President Christine Duffy announced they will transition the entire fleet to a new hull design. The new look for the fleet debuts just in time for Carnival’s 50th birthday in 2022.

Carnival debuted this design on the soon-to-be-released Mardi Gras, and the initial reception was very positive. It sticks with the traditional red, white, and blue design Carnival is known for but elevates it. The new design makes the ships seem elegant and stand out from other ships. The way the blue swoops gently on the hull makes it look like it’s gliding over the water. The design also incorporates a bold Carnival logo on the rear part of the side of the ship.

Carnival Magic Cruise Ship
The Carnival Magic will be the first ship to undergo the transformation in May

The new red, white, and blue hull design is currently featured on the Carnival Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration. It will be added to the Carnival Magic when it finishes its dry dock at the end of May and to the Carnival Glory in June. They haven’t announced when the rest of the fleet will sport the new look, but we expect it to roll out in the coming years. It’ll mean the docks will look a lot different when ships start sailing again.

This change will make Carnival’s ships really stand out from far away. But, how does it compare to other cruise lines?

Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line has beautiful artwork on the front of its ships, each one with a different theme.

Disney Magic

Disney has a classic nautical feel with fun characters and flourishes.

Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has a more stark appearance; primarily white and very industrial.

Overall, it’s a subtle change. It’s not going to wow customers like a brand new water slide or ship activity, but it’s a solid design step forward for Carnival. It brings a fresh feel and elegance to the cruise line and continues their journey into the next 50 years.

hull art on a carnival cruise ship
Our rendition of what the Carnival Magic will look like with its new hull art

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Randy Young

Randy Young is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cruise Spotlight. He has been in marketing for 19 years and has been cruising for just as long. Over the years, he's worked with products like TVs, copiers, light bulbs, and EV chargers, but cruising has always been his passion. There's nothing Randy likes more than the first couple of hours on a ship, exploring every nook and cranny and seeing how it's different from everything else out there. He's known for providing detailed and analytical coverage of cruising to help cruisers get a comprehensive picture of a ship's offerings.

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